Year 9 student Amelia is one step closer to realising her dream of becoming a professional dancer, having gained a sought-after place at the UK’s oldest vocational dance school – The Hammond in Chester.
Amelia has been dancing since the age of three, predominantly ballet, but also tap, modern, contemporary and street dance. She has gained associate places following auditions with the UK’s leading ballet schools since the age of eight, including The Royal Ballet School and Elmhurst Ballet School.
Having completed The Royal Ballet School’s three-year ‘Mid Associate’ programme, Amelia was offered a place on their ‘Senior Associate’ programme, of which there are only two classes in the entire country. However, Amelia decided to take a full-time place at The Hammond, the UK’s oldest vocational dance school, so she can develop a broad range of dance and other performance skills.
“A couple of months ago I was leaning towards becoming a professional ballet dancer, but I am a good all-round dancer and I’d like to continue training in all dance types to leave my options open. I’d love to perform in West End musicals,” said Amelia.
Amelia will leave Bournside at the end of this academic year, and start year 10 at The Hammond in Chester where she will study for her GCSEs, as well as benefit from intense dance training in many genres from some of the top teachers in the country.
Gareth Burton, headteacher at Cheltenham Bournside said: “We are so proud of Amelia’s achievements – she is a dedicated and hard-working student and we wish her every success for the future.”